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  • Indigenous Fathers Tell Their Stories
    FIRA's Indigenous Fathers project has introduced a groundbreaking new documentary film on DVD called Fatherhood: Indigenous Men's Journeys. The film is part of a package of resource…

  • Do Men Mother?
    FIRA researcher Andrea Doucet chose a clever and provocative title for her first academic book. Do Men Mother? Fathering, Care and Domestic Responsibility, published by University of Toronto Press…

  • Are Fathers Pulling Their Weight at Home? (Revised June 2012)
    by John Hoffman
    In the 1980s, California sociologist Arlie Hochschild coined the phrase "The Second Shift" to describe the extra load of unpaid work women in dual career households were doing at home.…

  • Fathers of Children with Special Needs: the Place of Mothers in Father Involvement Research
    Ted McNeill led FIRA's Fathers of Children with Special Needs research cluster, which conducted a qualitative study on  the ways in which fathers of children with chronic health conditions…

  • Canadian Fathers by the Numbers
    by John Hoffman
    What is a father? One hundred years ago, almost anyone's definition of a father would have been a male parent living with his biological children or stepchildren. However, factors such as…

  • Educational and Social Marketing Tools for Fathers
    by John Hoffman
    Looking for educational or social marketing tools for working with fathers or promoting father involvement? This listing provides information about father-oriented brochures, booklets, posters,…

  • Fatherhood And Men's Social Capital
    by John Hoffman
    Living with children and being married has a beneficial effect on men's social networks, according to a new study by FIRA researcher, Zenaida Ravanera. Dr. Ravanera, a research associate at the…

  • More Evidence that Father Involvement is Good For Kids
    by John Hoffman
    In recent years researchers and community practitioners have observed an apparent increase in both men's involvement in caring for children and fathers' participation in programs and services…

  • Study Sheds Light on How Mothers Influence Early Father Involvement
    by John Hoffman
    Increased research interest in father involvement has led to important questions about factors that affect fathers’ participation in child care and parenting tasks. One concept to emerge from…

  • Can Young Fathers Think in Generative Terms?
    by John Hoffman
    The term generativity was coined by developmental psychologist Erik Erikson to refer to the sense of concern and care for future generations and one's own legacy that people develop in adulthood. …

  • Sharing the Caring. How Fathers of Children with Special Needs Negotiate Parenting Responsibilities
    by John Hoffman
    Clearly, a father's involvement with his children does not take place in a vacuum. In most cases the father/child relationship, interaction and his participation in childcare unfolds in context in…

  • Paternal Mental Health and Child Development
    by John Hoffman
    Child development experts and researchers have expressed considerable interest and concern about the effects of mothers' mental health on children's development. Maternal depression, for…

  • Canadian Dads @Home
    by John Hoffman
    Although Canadian fathers still devote more time to paid work than mothers, men are taking more time off work to be at home caring for children, according to Statistics Canada data. Specifically, the…

  • Supporting Father Involvement by Supporting Couple Relationships
    by John Hoffman
    Recent findings from the California-based Supporting Father Involvement Study, make a compelling case that one of the best ways to enhance father involvement in families and to support optimal child…

  • Survey Shows Fathers Lacking in Support
    by John Hoffman
    The results of a national survey of parents showed that Canadian fathers are feeling a lack of social support for their parenting role. Invest in Kids, a Canadian charity dedicated to improving…

  • How Often Do Separated and Divorced Fathers Live with Their Children?
    by John Hoffman
    Anecdotal evidence suggests that more and more parents who reach separation or divorce agreements outside of court are opting for shared living arrangements, where their children reside more or less…

  • Father-Child Rough and Tumble Play. Is it all it's cracked up to be?
    by John Hoffman
    Father child rough and tumble play (RTP) has sometimes been proposed as a positive influence on children's development (Barth & Parke, 1993; Carson et al. 1993;  Paquette, 2004).…

  • Does Breastfeeding Really Push Dads to the Sidelines?
    by John Hoffman
    Professional discussion about fathers and breastfeeding tends to focus on two main themes: the importance of fathers' support for successful breastfeeding, (1, 2) and breastfeeding as a…

  • Are Dads Shirking Their "Home" Work?
    by John Hoffman
    The following is an op-ed piece written by John Hoffman, Communications Coordinator of the Father Involvement Research Alliance Media interest in whether or not fathers are doing their fair…

  • Dads Still Logging More Paid Hours than Moms
    by John Hoffman
    In spite of increasing gender role convergence on both the home and work fronts Canadian fathers are still logging more time at their paid jobs than mothers, even in families where both parents work…


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